Books Recommended by Nassim Taleb
Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life
Source: "Convincingly establishes the difference between model and theory and shows why attempts to model financial markets can never be genuinely scientific." - Nassim Taleb
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Source: "When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of [this author], read it twice. Or, to be safe, three times. This is a classic." - Nassim Taleb
The Invisible Gorilla
And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
Christopher F. Chabris
Source: "The illusion of attention is one of the most important, surprising, and least known flaws in human thinking. This lucid book examines it in detail." - Nassim Taleb
Free The Animal
How to Lose Weight and Fat on the Paleo Diet
Source: "A charming primer on the paleo idea, with an illustration through the authors own life. I read it in one sitting." - Nassim Taleb
The New Language of Science
Hans Christian von Baeyer
Source: "If you want an introduction to information theory, and, in a way, probability theory from the real front door, this is it." - Nassim Taleb
The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
Nicholas A. Christakis
Source: "Excited to get [this book] as I am trying to go deeper into the notion of fractal (multiscale) localism & see what's wrong w/my thesis" - Nassim Taleb
The Mind Doesn't Work That Way
The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology
Jerry A. Fodor
Source: "Horribly written (that is Fodor's charm after all) but his argumentation is so ferocious that he ends up loud & clear." - Nassim Taleb
The Sunday Philosophy Club
Isabel Dalhousie, Book 1
Alexander McCall Smith
Source: "I don't want to spoil the story but I felt that I was reading a detective story until I realized what it was..." - Nassim Taleb
The Wisdom Paradox
How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older
Source: "I am now spoiled; I need more essays by opinionated, original,and intellectual, contemporary scientists." - Nassim Taleb
The Status Syndrome
How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity
Source: "Well written, humorous at times, and rigorous --it reads like a well-translated scientific paper." - Nassim Taleb
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...
Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
Source: "Like a brief drink in an airplane lounge with someone funny, smart, witty, but not too funny." - Nassim Taleb
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